I am a movie lover! I tend to go to the movies about four times a month to check out new flicks, but when I am not spending $14.50 a ticket at the Arclight, I head to the Old Bank DVD in the Historic Core of Downtown LA. It's the 1965 Ford Mustang of DVD Stores, if DVD Stores still exist, beside the commercial Blockbusters and Hollywood Videos that create no atmosphere or excitement! The hipster and artsy fibe of the Old Bank DVD makes you want to go outside the realms of your movie type! You're scanning the selves and you're normally a romantic comedy kind of girl, then all of a sudden you find yourself picking up classics such as The Graduate, To Kill A Mocking Bird, and documentaries like 102 Minutes that Changed America. You're shocked. You're inspired. Then all of a sudden a cute pup runs up to you and YOU'RE Sold! Their dog runs around spreading the love! And just when you thought this place couldn't get any cooler, the girl behind the counter is cruising around in vintage roller skates! I know, you almost want to hangout here, and we did, the Old Bank DVD just recently moved around the corner to a larger location. It was located right next Banquette Cafe (which is closed now) on Main St and all the locals would order food and wine and sit outside the Old Bank DVD! It's really that cool, but more importantly, get your butt off the couch and stop supporting DEMAND (Time Warner Cable) and all the lame movies they offer on there and get out and be active! Support your local Old Bank DVD. They have treasures and customer service that no online movie source can give you. The owner is knowledgeable, charming, and before you know it you will be on a first name basis and if you end up not making it there that often, he will remember your face. This is the magic that makes DTLA (Downtown LA) magical and oh so lovable. It still cracks me up when people ask me how I live in DTLA, these closed minded people who live in the stuffy overcrowded streets of Hollywood miss out on the sense of community and family we have built down here together. Memberships are $5, which includes your first rental, there after rentals are $3.50. There is candy and popcorn to purchase at the counter and if you're really hungry head to Pete's Cafe and Bar next door (Pete's Blog Coming Soon).
Enjoy the show,